Snowdon may be among one of the best walks in Wales, but there’s more to walking in Snowdonia than just Snowdon. Beyond Snowdon, the nearby mountains and valleys of Snowdonia offer varied walking for all abilities. There are Snowdonia walks for families, to waterfalls and those suitable for taking dogs in Snowdonia.
The best mountain walk in Snowdonia (in our opinion) has to be the Snowdon Horseshoe scramble, where the summit of Snowdon is probably the low-light of the walk. There’s no doubt that the scramble over Crib Goch and down over Y Lliwedd is one of the best mountain experiences in the UK.
Directly surrounding Snowdon itself, you’ve got the following mountain ranges:
The Glyderau boast the non-identical twin peaks of Glyder Fawr and Fach, as well as the iconic summit of Tryfan. The routes in the Glyderau are among the best walks in Snowdonia and is the perfect playground for the adventurous hill walker.
Big is the word. Just over 20m lower than Snowdon itself, the Carneddau boasts the biggest and longest walks near Snowdon. You’ll need some navigational skills, but the walking is largely excellent with a few scrambly sections.
This is a largely indistinct area of high ground to the south east of Snowdon that doesn’t impress from this side. However, they boast the hills of Cnicht and Moelwyn Mawr as well as some good wild walking. The views towards Snowdon are also among the best you can get – especially Carnedd y Cribau.
Snowdonia’s best kept secret! Well, it used to be at one point and can now be rather busy. Start early and make sure you know how you’re going to get back!
The summit of Moel Hebog towers above the chocolate box village of Beddgelert. It may not boast the highest summit, but the walk is tougher than it should be!
The highest mountain near Snowdon that isn’t one of the 15 peaks is worth a good half day’s walking. We suggest ascending via the ridge of Daear Ddu, which is a straightforward scramble for th confident.
Snowdonia is much more than the areas mentioned above. There are also the ranges in the south of the park; Rhinogydd, Arenig, Cader Idris, Aran Fawddwy and the Hirnant hills. Click on the link above to see our full rundown on the walks in South Snowdonia.